In Their Own Words: Criminals on Crime by Paul CromwellIn Their Own Words: Criminals on Crime by Paul Cromwell

In Their Own Words: Criminals on Crime

byPaul Cromwell, Michael L. Birzer

Paperback | July 15, 2016

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The only anthology of its kind, In Their Own Words: Criminals on Crime, Seventh Edition, provides students with a nuanced perspective on how - and why - offenders make decisions that lead them to commit crimes. Featuring firsthand accounts from gang members, burglars, shoplifters, pimps,prostitutes, killers, robbers, addicts, rapists, drug smugglers, and white-collar offenders, the anthology helps students understand the offenders' motives, perceptions, decision-making strategies, and rationalizations for crime.
Paul Cromwell is Professor of Criminology and Director of Social Science at the University of South Florida. Michael L. Birzer is Professor of Criminal Justice and Director of the School of Community Affairs at Wichita State University.
Title:In Their Own Words: Criminals on CrimeFormat:PaperbackDimensions:448 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.68 inPublished:July 15, 2016Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

SECTION I: DOING FIELDWORK WITH OFFENDERSIntroduction1. Bruce Jacobs: Researching Crack Dealers: Dilemmas and ContradictionsJacobs points out the inherent dangers associated with studying street criminals.2. Heith Copes and Andy Hochstetler: Consenting to Talk: Why Inmates Participate in Prison ResearchCopes and Hochstetler discuss the motives of incarcerated offenders in their decision to discuss their crimes and behaviors with researchers.SECTION II: CRIMINAL LIFESTYLES AND DECISION MAKINGIntroduction3. Richard T. Wright and Scott H. Decker: Deciding to Commit a BurglaryWright and Decker explore the motives that drive the decision to commit a burglary.4. Andy Hochstetler: Opportunities and Decisions: Interactional Dynamics in Robbery and Burglary GroupsThe author analyzes the decision-making process of offenders working in groups.5. Bruce Jacobs and Michael Cherbonneau: Auto Theft and Restrictive DeterrenceThe authors analyze the restrictive deterrence decision making strategies of thirty-five active auto thieves.SECTION III: PROPERTY CRIMEIntroduction6. Christopher W. Mullins and Michael C. Cherbonneau: Establishing Connections: Gender, Motor Vehicle Theft, and Disposal NetworksThe authors examine the gendered nature of motor vehicle theft.7. Paul Cromwell and Quint Thurman: The Devil Made Me Do It: Use of Neutralizations by ShopliftersCromwell and Thurman discuss the justifications, excuses, and neutralizations used by shoplifters to explain their crimes.8. Heath Copes and Lynne Vieraitis: Identity Theft: Assessing Offenders' Motivations and StrategiesCopes and Vieraitis shed light on the motives, perceptions of risk, and strategies involved in identity theft.SECTION IV: VIOLENT CRIMEIntroduction9. Kristin L. Anderson and Debra Umberson: Gendering Violence: Masculinity and Power in Men's Accounts of Domestic ViolenceThe authors reveal the strategies used by abusing males in an effort to portray themselves as rational and nonviolent.10. Bruce Jacobs: Serendipity in Robbery Target SelectionJacobs argues that robbers select their victims based not on rational processes, but on serendipity--victims are simply in the wrong place at the wrong time.11. Heith Copes, Andy Hochstetler, and Craig J. Forsyth: Peaceful Warriors: Codes for Violence among Adult Male Bar FightersThe authors elaborate on a code of violence as part of a system of order and honor as articulated by a network of White, working-class males in a southern U.S. city who participate in bar fights.SECTION V: OCCUPATIONAL AND WHITE-COLLAR CRIMEIntroduction12. Neal Shover, Glenn S. Coffey, and Dick Hobbs: Crime on the Line: Telemarketing and the Changing Nature of Professional CrimeShover and his associates examine the lifestyles and motivations of individuals engaged in illegal telemarketing.13. Dean A. Dabney and Richard C. Hollinger: Drugged Druggists: The Convergence of Two Criminal Career TrajectoriesDabney and Hollinger explicate both the onset and progression into illicit prescription pharmaceutical drug abuse by pharmacists.SECTION VI: ILLEGAL OCCUPATIONSIntroduction14. Scott Decker and Jana S. Benson: The "Myth of Organization" of International Drug SmugglersThe authors examine drug smuggling from the perspective of those most in the know: the individuals whose roles facilitate the trade.15. Scott Jacques and Richard Wright: Informal Control and Illicit Drug TradeJacques and Wright use the rationale choice and opportunity perspectives to explore how and why the frequency and seriousness of popular justice affects the prices and rate of drug sales.16. Eva Rosen and Sudhir Alladi Venkatesh: A "Perversion" of Choice Sex Work Offers Just Enough in Chicago's Urban GhettoUsing in-depth interviews and participant observation, Rosen and Venkatesh investigate Chicago's sex work economy.SECTION VII: GANGS AND CRIMEIntroduction17. Paul B. Stretesky and Mark R. Pogrebin: Gang-related Gun Violence: Socialization, Identity, and SelfThe authors examine how gang socialization leads to gun-related violence.18. Jody Miller: Gender and Victimization Risk among Young Women in GangsMiller explores the extent to which being a female member of a youth gang shapes girls' risk of victimization.19. Marjorie S. Zatz and Edwardo L. Portillos: Voices from the Barrio: Chicano/a Gangs, Families, and CommunitiesThe authors examine gang members and their families to ascertain the impact of gang activity on the community at large.SECTION VIII: DRUGS AND CRIMEIntroduction20. Wilson R. Palacios and Melissa E. Fenwick: "E" is for Ecstasy: A Participant Observation Study of Ecstasy UsePalacios and Fenwick examine the "club" culture and crime.21. Robert Jenkot: "Cooks are Like Gods": Hierarchies in Methamphetamine-Producing GroupsJenkot reports on his study of methamphetamine producing groups and identifies the various roles statuses involved in the process.SECTION IX: QUITTING CRIMEIntroduction22. Ira Sommers, Deborah R. Baskin, and Jeffery Fagan: Getting Out of the Life: Crime Desistance by Female Street OffendersThe authors examine the process by which women offenders desist from crime.23. Scott Jacques and Richard Wright: The Victimization - Termination LinkJacques and Wright analyze the process by which middle-class drug dealers desist from their illicit enterprise.

Editorial Reviews

"I love the qualitative, offender-based approach." --Shawna Cleary, University of Central Oklahoma